Dog dies after being rescued from fire that damaged two homes in Sion

Multiple fire departments are responding to a well-engulfed structural fire in the 2300 block of Avenue Gilboa in Sion on Friday morning. | Photo: Zion Fire and Rescue Service

Officials say a dog died after being rescued from a fire that left a house engulfed in flames and damaged a second home in Zion early Friday morning.

The Zion Fire and Rescue Department and Zion Police Department responded at approximately 3:41 a.m. Friday at the 2300 block of Gilboa Avenue in Zion to a structural fire report.

Zion Fire and Rescue Department Battalion Chief Eric Troy said crews arrived at the scene to find the facade of the building heavily embroiled in flames.

The occupants had left the house but reported that a dog was still inside.

The fire also spread to the attic of the house.

Several hoses were deployed and crews brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes, Troy said.

The missing dog was rescued but did not survive despite rescue efforts by paramedics and police at the scene.

Troy said the house was deemed uninhabitable due to approximately $85,000 in damage.

An adjacent house suffered extensive heat damage as a result of the fire.

No injuries among residents or firefighters were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by local fire investigators as well as the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office, Troy said.

Firefighters from Winthrop Harbor, Beach Park, Gurnee, Pleasant Prairie and Newport responded to the scene.

Libertyville and North Chicago firefighters covered calls in Zion.

Troy said it’s important for families to practice home fire drills. “You can never know what time fire may strike.”